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Poster: J.T.N Date: Feb 6, 2012 5:51pm
Forum: general Subject: Usenet / newsgroups archive?

(Not sure this is the right forum, but I couldn't see a better one...)

Are there any plans to archive Usenet and other newsgroup postings? I'm thinking of the archive currently held by Google (in Google Groups) as the most complete one.

Google Groups itself seems to be getting a bit flaky; IME, searches for particular articles that I know to exist don't always work, the live connection between Groups and the remnants of "real" Usenet has gone down a couple of times in the past year, and Google have been killing off loads of their other products recently. Am I the only one a bit nervous that it might go pop? (I'm slightly surprised not to see more discussion of it here.)

Google saved the archive when Deja went wobbly (and accepted more ancient hoarded posts). Who'll save the archive if Google gets bored? Has anyone from round here tried to talk to them about it?

(I've found the UTZOO tapes, but the only other obvious query about Usenet I've come across here is this one from 2003.)

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Poster: milesw Date: Jul 3, 2013 9:59pm
Forum: general Subject: Re: Usenet / newsgroups archive?

Seconded. The "new" Google Groups (as of July 2013) is billed as "faster, more powerful, and just plain cool"[1] but there is a lot of content that can no longer be found.

For example, here is a search for "tinyapps.org" (a site I maintain) using the old Google Groups (just before it was disabled). It returned 100s of results:

http://tinyapps.org/screenshots/google_groups_old.gif

The same search using the new Google Groups returned zero results:

http://tinyapps.org/screenshots/google_groups_new.gif

[1] https://support.google.com/groups/answer/46601?hl=en